FaceOf: Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh, Saudi education minister

Updated 31 December 2018
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FaceOf: Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh, Saudi education minister

  • Dr. Al-Asheikh has held top positions in various universities and research centers across Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Al-Asheikh received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in the US.

Last week, Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh was appointed the education minister of the Kingdom.

Prior to his appointment as the minister, he served as the adviser to the royal court.

Dr. Al-Asheikh has held top positions in various universities and research centers across Saudi Arabia.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in administrative sciences from King Saudi University. Later, he did his master’s in economics at the University of San Francisco in the US. 

Dr. Al-Asheikh received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in the US.

He worked as a teaching assistant at the Department of Economics at the University of San Francisco between 1982 and 1983. He also served as an assistant professor at King Saud University’s Department of Economics. Later, he was promoted to the position of associate professor.

In 2006, he was appointed the head of the economics department at the College of Business Administration at King Saud University. 

During his long association with King Saud University, Dr. Al-Asheikh served in top positions at various research centers and departments of the Riyadh-based university.

Due to his excellent qualifications, managerial and teaching experience, the education minister has been part of various key government committees dealing with different sectors such as economic affairs and development, and labor market policies etc.

The Saudi education minister has authored many books on economics, development and sports economy.

He has also supervised more than 300 research papers and studies during his tenure as dean at King Abdullah Institute for Research and Studies.

Dr. Al-Asheikh also regularly features in radio and TV shows to express his opinion on important economic issues. He also writes columns for local newspapers.

He also took part in the project for the National Policy for Science and Technology in the Kingdom.

He sits on the board of the National Center for Performance Measurement, which is a key component of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.


Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Updated 22 min 31 sec ago
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Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco’s Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP) has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a “Lighthouse” manufacturing facility and a leader in technology applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 
Saudi Aramco is the first energy company globally to be included in this select group of manufacturing sites. The plant is also the only facility in the Middle East to be recognized by WEF. 
The announcement was made ahead of WEFs annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The gas plant is one of the world’s largest gas processing plants and was commissioned in 1981 as part of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System to process associated gas from oil wells. 
The use of drones and wearable technologies to inspect pipelines and machinery has helped cut inspection time by 90% in this industrial facility.
“The recognition of the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant demonstrates Saudi Aramco’s shift to transform and adapt in the rapidly changing global energy landscape. Uthmaniyah is only one part of our large integrated energy value chain where IR 4.0 technologies are playing a critical role to enable significant capital and operational efficiencies,” said Amin H. Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco.
The seven new facilities join nine other “Manufacturing Lighthouses” which WEF unveiled in September 2018. The 16 factories were selected from an initial list of 1,000 manufacturers based on their successful implementation of cutting-edge technologies of the future that drive financial and operational impact.
The “Lighthouse” program was conducted by WEF in collaboration with McKinsey during a year-long study. A study team visited UGP in Saudi Arabia and performed a thorough audit.